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Does Buprenorphine Work for Opiate Addiction Treatment?

Buprenorphine has been around since 1985 but it was only until 2002 that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved two buprenorphine products (Suboxone and Subtex) for the treatment of opiate addiction. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), buprenorphine has unique pharmacological properties that help: Lower the potential for misuse Diminish the effects of physical dependency to opioids, such as withdrawal symptoms and cravings Increase safety in cases of overdose Unlike methodone which must be performed in a highly structured clinic, buprenorphine is permitted to be prescribed or dispensed in physician offices, significantly increasing treatment
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